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Joe Baker

Hibernian FC, Arsenal FC

8 caps, 3 goals

P 8 W 3 D 3 L 2 F 14: A 12
*(actual F 13: A 12)
56% successful

1959-66

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
665

Profile

Full name Joseph Henry Baker (*Actual for and against are the goals scored
while the player was on the field.)
Born 17 July 1940 in Liverpool, Lancashire, raised in Wishaw, Lanark [registered in Liverpool South, September 1940].
Attended Park Street Primary School and St Joseph's High School, Wishaw
Family notes Born to English father, George and Scottish mother, Elizabeth, his older brother Gerry was born in New York in 1938, before they came to Liverpool, and onto Lanarkshire when he was six weeks old.
Died 6 October 2003 at Wishaw General Hospital, North Lanarkshire, suffered a heart-attack during a celebrity golf match at Lanark Golf Club, aged 62 years 81 days, former referee David Syme tried to resuscitate him. [not registered in England].
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st. 7lbs [1963].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Biographies The Fabulous Baker Boys: The Greatest Strikers Scotland Never Had - Tom Maxwell (Birlinn Ltd, 19 September 2013)

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy in Wishaw, playing for Motherwell Boys' Guild. After leaving school, Baker turned out with Coltness United FC and Armadale Thistle FC, and represented both Lanarkshire and the East Scotland Junior Association, from there he was signed by Hibernian FC, and he signed his first professional contract in June 1956, he played in 117 league matches, scoring 102 times. His outstanding goalscoring record was soon noted by Italian club, Torino, where he was signed for £73,000 in May 1961 and played with Denis Law, he made nineteen Italian league appearances, scoring seven times. He left after needing life-saving surgery when he crashed his Alfa Romeo Geulietta Sprint. Arsenal manager, Billy Wright, convinced his board of directors to part with £67,500 to bring Baker to Highbury on 16 July 1962. He scored 93 goals in 144 league appearances. In February 1966, Nottingham Forest FC paid £60,000 for his services and he returned 118 league appearances with 41 goals. In June 1969, Sunderland AFC took him to Roker Park for a £30,000 fee, making forty league appearances, scoring twelve goals. He rejoined Hibernian FC in July 1971 for £12,000, making another twenty league appearances, and another twelve goals. he scored nine goals in one cup tie for Hibs. Finally turned out for Raith Rovers FC between June 1972 and October 1974 when he made 49 league appearances and scoring 34 goals. His overall total was 301 league goals in 507 league appearances.
Club honours Scottish FA Cup runners-up 1957-58; Football League runners-up 1966-67
Individual honours None
Distinctions Scored a record 42 goals for Hibernians in 1959-60.
Brother of Gerry Baker (USA, Manchester City FC and Ipswich Town FC)

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became 786th players (788) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
First match No. 337, 18 November 1959, England 2 Northern Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 19 years 123 days.
Last match No. 396, 5 January 1966, England 1 Poland 1, a friendly match at Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool, aged 25 years 172 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1959-60, 1965-66;
Team honours British Championships shared 1959-60, winners 1965-66;
Individual honours England U23 (six appearances, four goals), Scotland schoolboy (two appearances)
Distinctions The first player to be capped for England whilst playing for a club outside the Football League.

Beyond England

Had a spell as a manager/coach of Fauldhouse United FC in 1980, and had two spells managing Albion Rovers FC in 1981-82 and 1983-84. Since leaving football, has lived in the Wishaw area and employed as a licensee and in the building industry. Also became a club hospitality host at Hibernian FC. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.20.

 

Joe Baker - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Starts Sub on Sub off Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
8+ 8 3 8 0 1 665 3 222 min 2 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Joe Baker - Match Record - All Matches - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 4 2 2 0 8 6 +2 0 0 2.00 1.50 75.0 +2
Away 4 1 1 2 3 6 -3 3 6 0.75 1.50 37.5 -1
All - White 8 3 3 2 14 12 +2 2 1 1.75 1.50 56.3 +1

 

Joe Baker - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 0 0 1.667 1.00 83.3 +2
Friendly 5 1 2 2 6 9 -3 2 1 1.20 1.80 40.0 -1
All 8 3 3 2 14 12 +2 2 1 1.75 1.50 56.3 +1

 

Joe Baker - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1959-60 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1 0 0 1.50 1.00 75.0 +1
BC 1965-66 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 0 0 1.667 1.00 83.3 +2
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 0 0 1.667 1.00 83.3 +2
All 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 0 0 1.667 1.00 83.3 +2

 

Joe Baker - Match History
 Club: Hibernian F.C. - 5 full caps

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 5 full capsx

Age 18
1 u23 24 September 1958 - England U23 4 Poland U23 1, Hillsborough, Sheffield Fr HW Start 9
2 u23 15 October 1958 - England U23 3 Czechoslovakia U23 0, Carrow Road, Norwich Fr HW Start 9
Age 19
3 u23 11 November 1959 - England U23 2 France U23 0, Roker Park, Roker, Sunderland Fr HW Start 9
1 337 18 November 1959 - England 2 Northern Ireland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Start 17 9
4 u23 16 March 1960 - England U23 5 Netherlands U23 2, Hillsborough, Sheffield Fr HW Start 9
2 338 9 April 1960 - Scotland 1 England 1, Hampden Park, Mount Florida, Glasgow BC AD Start 9
3 339 11 May 1960 - England 3 Yugoslavia 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London Fr HD Start 9
4 340 15 May 1960 - Spain 3 England 0, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid Tour AL Start 9
5 341 22 May 1960 - Hungary 2 England 0, Népstadion, Budapest AL Start 9
Age 20
u/o u23 21 September 1960 - England U23 5 Vejle Boldklub 1, Maine Road, Manchester Fr HW Start 9
5 u23 2 November 1960 - England U23 1 Italy U23 1, St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Fr HD Start 9
 Club: Arsenal F.C. - 3 full caps

Coach: Alf Ramsey - 3 full capsx

Age 22
6 u23 21 March 1963 - England U23 0 Yugoslavia U23 0, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester Fr HD Start 9
Age 25
6 394 10 November 1965 - England 2 Northern Ireland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley, London BC HW Start 19 9
7 395 8 December 1965 - Spain 0 England 2, El Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Chamartín, Madrid Fr AW Start 8
off 35
9
0-1 when substituted
8 396 5 January 1966 - England 1 Poland 1, Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool Fr HD Start 9

FIFA required that each national side provide a list of forty players before the end of May 1966 and a final squad of 22 players by July 3.  Alf Ramsey named his provisional list of forty players on April 7. One of the eighteen that were cut from the final squad included Joe Baker.

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